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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

April Fool's Day (1986)

Dead Teenager Movies.  You either like ‘em or you hate ‘em.  Personally I like ‘em, especially those who take the time to develop their characters before killing them off one by one!  April Fool’s Day is a simple but clever Dead Teenager Movie.  The action takes place when a group of college students spend a weekend at a friend’s island mansion.  With a solid script by Danilo Bach [Beverly Hills Cop] and excellent direction by Fred Walton [When a Stranger Calls] a great deal of time is spent on the front end of the movie introducing us to this group of teens to make sure we care about them.  Then, after a freak ferry accident, the fun begins and these crazy co-eds begin disappearing one by one. 

A lot of April Fool’s Day is by the book Dead Teenager Movie stuff with classic kills and things that jump out at you.  However, the surprise ending of this movie will knock your socks off.  As the final credits roll, the viewer realizes just how clever this film really is.

April Fool’s Day is also helped by a great cast including the likes of Ken Olandt [Leprechaun], Deborah Foreman [Waxwork, Valley Girl], Deborah Goodrich [Just One of the Guys, Remote Control] and Thomas F. Wilson [Back to the Future].  They may not be household names but if you love the films of the 80’s you will recognize them immediately.  They make you care what happens to these teens and that’s quite an accomplishment in a Dead Teenager Movie.

So, definitely give this one a try.  It’s a thoroughly enjoyable film with lots of action and a few interesting twists along the way.

RATING: Very Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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